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Child Safeguarding Statement

Coláiste Chríost Rí is a post-primary school providing post-primary education to pupils from First Year to Leaving Certificate Year.

In accordance with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017, the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 and Tusla Guidance on the preparation of Child Safeguarding Statements, the Board of Management of Coláiste Chríost Rí has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this document. 

  1. The Board of Management has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Department’s Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 as part of this overall Child Safeguarding Statement

  2. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Michael Carey, Principal.

  3. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP is Daithi O hAodha

  4. The Board of Management recognises that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of school life and must be reflected in all of the school’s policies, procedures, practices and activities In its policies, procedures, practices and activities, the school will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare: 

The school will:

  • recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations;

  • fully comply with its statutory obligations under the Children First Act 2015 and other relevant legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children;

  • fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters

  • adopt safe practices to minimise the possibility of harm or accidents happening to children and protect workers from the necessity to take unnecessary risks that may leave themselves open to accusations of abuse or neglect;

  • develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children; and

  • fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters.

 The school will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special vulnerability.

  1. The following procedures/measures are in place:

  • In relation to any member of staff who is the subject of any investigation (howsoever described) in respect of any act, omission or circumstance in respect of a child attending the school, the school adheres to the relevant procedures set out in Chapter 7 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 and to the relevant agreed disciplinary procedures for school staff which are published on the DES website.

  • In relation to the selection or recruitment of staff and their suitability to work with children, the school adheres to the statutory vetting requirements of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 and to the wider duty of care guidance set out in relevant Garda vetting and recruitment circulars published by the DES and available on the DES website.

  • In relation to the provision of information and, where necessary, instruction and training, to staff in respect of the identification of the occurrence of harm (as defined in the 2015 Act) the school-

  • Has provided each member of staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

  • Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

  • Encourages staff to avail of relevant training

  • Encourages Board of Management members to avail of relevant training

  • The Board of Management maintains records of all staff and Board member training

  • In relation to reporting of child protection concerns to Tusla, all school personnel are required to adhere to the procedures set out in the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, including in the case of registered teachers, those in relation to mandated reporting under the Children First Act 2015.

  • In this school the Board has appointed the above named DLP as the “relevant person” (as defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of contact in respect of the s child safeguarding statement.

  • All registered teachers employed by the school are mandated persons under the Children First Act 2015.

  • In accordance with the Children First Act 2015, the Board has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while attending the school or participating in school activities. A written assessment setting out the areas of risk identified and the school’s procedures for managing those risks is attached as an appendix to these procedures.

  • The various procedures referred to in this Statement can be accessed via the school’s website, the DES website or will be made available on request by the school.

 

  1. This statement has been published on the school’s website and has been provided to all members of school personnel, the Parents’ Association (if any) and the patron. It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla and the Department if requested.

  1. This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed annually or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which this statement refers.

This Child Safeguarding Statement was adopted by the Board of Management on 26th February 2018.

Signed: Maria Walk Signed: Michael Carey

Chairperson of Board of Management Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management

Date: 26th February 2018 Date: 26th February 2018

Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

Written Assessment of Risk of Coláiste Chríost Rí

In accordance with section 11 of the Children First Act 2015 and with the requirement of Chapter 8 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, the following is the Written Risk Assessment of Coláiste Chríost Rí.

  1. List of school activities

  1. Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils

  2. Recreation breaks for pupils

  3. Classroom teaching

  4. One-to-one teaching

  5. One-to-one counselling

  6. Outdoor teaching activities

  7. Sporting Activities

  8. School outings

  9. School trips involving overnight stay

  10. School trips involving foreign travel

  11. Use of toilet/changing/shower areas in schools

  12. Annual Sports Day

  13. Fundraising events involving pupils

  14. Use of off-site facilities for school activities

  15. School transport arrangements including use of bus escorts

  16. Care of children with special educational needs, including intimate care where needed,

  17. Management of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraint where required

  18. Administration of Medicine

  19. Administration of First Aid

  20. Curricular provision in respect of SPHE, RSE.

  21. Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils

  22. Training of school personnel in child protection matters

  23. Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum

  24. Use of external personnel to support sports and other extra-curricular activities

  25. Care of pupils with specific vulnerabilities/ needs such as

  • Pupils from ethnic minorities/migrants

  • Members of the Traveller community

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) children

  • Pupils perceived to be LGBT

  • Pupils of minority religious faiths

  • Children in care

  • Children on CPNS

  1. Recruitment of school personnel including -

  • Teachers/SNA’s

  • Caretaker/Secretary/Cleaners

  • Sports coaches

  • External Tutors/Guest Speakers

  • Volunteers/Parents in school activities

  • Visitors/contractors present in school during school hours

  • Visitors/contractors present during after school activities

  1. Participation by pupils in religious ceremonies/religious instruction external to the school

  2. Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school

  3. Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour including detention of pupils, confiscation of phones etc.

  4. Students participating in work experience in the school

  5. Students from the school participating in work experience elsewhere

  6. Student teachers undertaking training placement in school

  7. Use of video/photography/other media to record school events

  8. After school use of school premises by other organisations

  9. Use of school premises by other organisation during school day

  10. Breakfast club

  11. Homework club/evening study

  12. Student Mentoring

 

2.The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities -

  1. Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel

  2. Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly by school personnel

  3. Risk of child being harmed in the school by a member of school personnel

  4. Risk of child being harmed in the school by another child

  5. Risk of child being harmed in the school by volunteer or visitor to the school

  6. Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff of another organisation or other person while child participating in out of school activities e.g. school trip

  7. Risk of harm due to bullying of child

  8. Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school

  9. Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children while attending out of school activities

  10. Risk of harm due to inappropriate relationship/communications between child and another child or adult

  11. Risk of harm due to children inappropriately accessing/using computers, social media, phones and other devices while at school

  12. Risk of harm to children with SEN who have particular vulnerabilities

  13. Risk of harm to child while a child is receiving intimate care

  14. Risk of harm due to inadequate code of behaviour

  15. Risk of harm in one-to-one teaching, counselling, coaching situation

  16. Risk of harm caused by member of school personnel communicating with pupils in appropriate manner via social media, texting, digital device or other manner

  17. Risk of harm caused by member of school personnel accessing/circulating inappropriate material via social media, texting, digital device or other manner

3.The school has the following procedures in place to address the risks of harm identified in this assessment -

 

  1. The Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 are made available to all school personnel. All school personnel are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement.

  2. School Personnel are required to adhere to the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 and all registered teaching staff are required to adhere to the Children First Act 2015

  3. The school implements in full the SPHE curriculum

  4. The school implements in full the Wellbeing Programme at Junior Cycle

  5. The school has an Anti-Bullying Policy which fully adheres to the requirements of the Department’s Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools

  6. The school has a yard/playground supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children during, assembly, dismissal and breaks and in respect of specific areas such as toilets, changing rooms etc. It states,

  • Supervision for Child Protection

  • Supervision is organised throughout each school day to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all the students to cover all the locations within the school and the school grounds and also to make sure that all activities are safe and supervised.

  • Supervision begins each morning at 8.10 and all the corridors, seanhalla, locker areas, toilets are patrolled by teachers with a view to ensuring safety and good behaviour.

  • At each break in the morning 10.30 & 11.25 teachers supervise the yard, corridors, seanhalla and toilet areas to keep an eye on behaviour and to ensure the safety and well-being of all student.

  • At the lunch break 12.45 -13.25 there is further supervision by teachers of the areas where students congregate and there are designated areas for students to eat their lunches and also to study.

  • At the end of each school day 3.25 – 3.30 corridors, toilets and locker areas are supervised to ensure the safe finish to school activities and to make sure that students safely access their lockers and that no unruly behaviour is allowed which might harm any student and that students safely exit the school premises.

  • SNA staff accompany students with special needs to their lockers, classrooms and also to the yard and seanhalla during break times to ensure their safety and protection. This work is done by the SNA staff from 8.10 am until 3.30 each day.

  1. The school has in place a policy and clear procedures in respect of school outings; A teacher shall be in attendance during all school outings. For school trips involving overnight stay or foreign travel a Child safeguarding statement for each tour shall be completed. Assurances will be sought from the company organising the tour that all venues are suitable. All school rules and procedures are in place during the trip. Parents/guardians must consent to the travel arrangements.

  2. The school has a Health and safety policy

  3. The school adheres to the requirements of the Garda vetting legislation and relevant DES circulars in relation to recruitment and Garda vetting

  4. The school accepts and adheres to the Teaching Council’s ‘Code of Professional Conduct for Teachers’

  5. The school complies with the agreed disciplinary procedures for teaching staff

  6. The school has a Special Educational Needs policy

  7. The school has an intimate care policy/plan in respect of students who require such care. The care plan must be agreed to by the parents/guardians of the student and implemented by two members of staff.

  8. The school has in place a policy and procedures for the administration of medication to pupils. Medications are only administered with the prior consent of the parent or guardian and in the presence of another member of staff

  9. The school –

      1. Has provided each member of school staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

      2. Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

      3. Encourages staff to avail of relevant training

      4. Encourages board of management members to avail of relevant training

      5. Maintains records of all staff and board member training

  10. The school has in place a policy and procedures for the administration of First Aid A second member of staff should be present and treatment should take place in a public place as far as is possible.

  11. The school has in place a code of behaviour for pupils

  12. The school has in place an ICT policy in respect of usage of ICT by pupils

  13. The school has in place a mobile phone policy in respect of usage of mobile phones by pupils

  14. The school has in place a Critical Incident Management Plan

  15. The school has in place a policy and procedures for the use of external persons to supplement delivery of the curriculum: for other than a once off class the external person must be Garda Vetted

  16. The school has in place a policy and procedures for the use of external sports coaches: external person must be Garda Vetted

  17. The school has in place a policy and procedures for one on one coaching; it is conducted by a member of staff in a public area.

  18. The school has in place a policy and clear procedures for one-to-one teaching activities; teaching should take place where both the student and teacher are visible from the classroom door window and the SEN teachers should inform the Deputy Principal the location of the classroom being used.

  19. The school has in place a policy and procedures for one-to-one counselling; it should take place where both the student and teacher are visible from the classroom door window

  20. The school has in place a policy and procedures in respect of student teacher placements student teacher must be Garda Vetted

  21. The school has in place a policy and procedures in respect of students undertaking work experience in the school. Students must be Garda Vetted

  22. The school has in place a policy and procedures in respect of pupils of the school undertaking work experience in external organisations. Parents/guardians must give their consent to the work placement.

  23. Student mentors must receive appropriate training and be under the supervision of a teacher

Important Note:
It should be noted that risk in the context of this risk assessment is the risk of “harm” as defined in the Children First Act 2015 and not general health and safety risk. The definition of harm is set out in Chapter 4 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post- Primary Schools 2017

In undertaking this risk assessment, the board of management has endeavoured to identify as far as possible the risks of harm that are relevant to this school and to ensure that adequate procedures are in place to manage all risks identified. While it is not possible to foresee and remove all risk of harm, the school has in place the procedures listed in this risk assessment to manage and reduce risk to the greatest possible extent.

This risk assessment has been completed by the Board of Management on 26th February 2018. It shall be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.

Signed Maria Walk Date 26th February 2018

Chairperson, Board of Management

Signed Michael Carey Date 26th February 2018

 
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